Burton N. Cox Jr., civil engineer, dies

He was a Korean War veteran and golfer

September 22, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Burton N. Cox Jr., a retired civil engineer and Korean War veteran, died Sept. 15 of prostate cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 84.

Mr. Cox, the son of a salesman and a secretary, was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington.

He was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1946 from Villanova University, where he had been a member of the Marine Corps unit of the Navy's V-12 program.

Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Mr. Cox went to work in 1946 for Rummel, Klepper & Kahl — now RK&K — at a time when the firm had eight employees.

During the Korean War, Mr. Cox was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served in Korea with the 1st Marine Division's Engineer Battalion.

At the time of his retirement from RK&K in 1986, Mr. Cox was a partner in the firm that had expanded to 180 employees.

He was responsible for the structural design of many buildings, bridges and water treatment facilities, some of which included Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Northeast Baltimore, the Cromwell and Catonsville water pumping stations, Polytechnic Institute-Western High School and the master site plan for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

His professional memberships included Consulting Engineers Council of Maryland, the Maryland section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Chesapeake Water Pollution Control Association.

The former 41-year Stoneleigh resident had lived since 2001 at the Mercy Ridge retirement community.

He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Hillendale Country Club.

"When he retired at 60, we asked how he could play golf every day and he said, 'I sure as hell can try,' " said his daughter, Susan C. Carlson of Moorestown, N.J.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Jane Schoff; three sons, James F. Cox of Orlando, Fla., David B. Cox of Houston and S. Andrew Cox of Doylestown, Pa.; a brother, James W. Cox of Timonium; and seven grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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